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Future Strategic Leaders Congress: Shaping the future security of the region: avenues to strengthen PNG-Australia relations

  • 27 Oct 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • 29 Oct 2017
  • 1:00 PM
  • ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus (about 30 min north of Batemans Bay)


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For inquiries about reserved places for Defence, PM&C, AGD, DFAT, DIBP and Treasury please contact IFRS
  • For Governor, Chairman's Circle and Standard membership levels (discount not applicable to FSLP membership)
  • Individuals and Future strategic Leaders Membership
  • Government and Corporate Members

Registration is closed

Keynote Speaker

Ms Frances Adamson
Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

As our closest neighbour, Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of our most complex and wide ranging. Cooperation spans a range of economic, development, and immigration issues. In particular, PNG is of significant national security interest for Australia, including in relation to Australia’s strong commitment to support PNG’s hosting of APEC in 2018. But our relationship must be considered in the context of increasingly complex security dynamics in PNG, which affect both the stability and prosperity of the country. These include the growing influence of countries such as China in the PNG resource and infrastructure sectors and PNG's considerable internal development and security challenges.

This Congress will explore the evolving security dynamics in PNG and the opportunities and challenges this presents for Australia, including our regional leadership role

Other confirmed speakers/panel members include:

MAJGEN Greg Bilton AM, CSC, Deputy Chief Joint Operations Command, Department of Defence
Karl Claxton, Office of National Assessments
COL Luke Foster AM, CSC, CSM, International Policy Division, Department of Defence
David Garner, International SOS
Bal Kama, PhD candidate, Australian National University
Commander Perry Sundie, PNG Defence Force
Geoff Tooth, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Also invited to take part are senior executives and subject matter experts from the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Council for International Development, and the Lowy Institute.

The Congress will also provide Australia’s future strategic leaders with an introduction to the core skills necessary for working in the strategic environment, including:

  • Strategic thinking – making the connections between operational and strategic outcomes
  • Writing for national security – presenting information for decision making
  • Negotiation and facilitation skills – working in groups and solving problems

Early to mid-Career members of the national security community, those currently studying in the field and those who aspire to join the national security community.

The Congress operates strictly under the Chatham House Rule.  Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Tickets Venue and timing
Individuals: $550
IFRS Financial Members: $490
Full time civilian student: $250 (limited places due to being heavily subsidised)
Linen pack: $25 (optional)

Costs include all meals, accommodation onsite and course materials. 

Location: ANU Coastal Campus, Kioloa, NSW South Coast (about 30 min drive north of Bateman's Bay)

Date and Times: From 5pm Friday 27th to 1pm Sunday 29th October 2017

Accommodation is shared student accommodation – it is basic but comfortable

Refunds and cancellations - full refunds will be offered until Friday 20 October (when final numbers are given).  Any unpaid registrations on this date will be cancelled unless a prior arrangement has been made.

Dress: Casual

Places can fill quickly – Contact the IFRS office to reserve your spots in advance.
T: 02 6295 1555



The Future Strategic Leaders’ Congresses are proudly sponsored by the Australian Department of Defence and the Noetic Group

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